Accounting & Finance Division
Dan Hemphill - President
I have enjoyed recruiting accounting and finance professionals for corporations in Omaha and throughout the upper Midwest for nearly 30 years. I joined Robert Half International in 1988 and was promoted to Director in 1993. In 1998, I earned their "Chairman's Club" award for leadership. In February 2000, I made the decision to "live my dream" and founded Hemphill Search Group, following with Hemphill Staffing Solutions in 2001. I am proud of our team, the progress we've made to date, and I am even more excited about our future growth!
I understand that a company is only as strong as the players it has on the field. I am passionate about understanding each client's business, culture, and growth objectives, so we can identify the individuals who will ultimately help our clients achieve their goals. Our reputation is "on the line" each time we assist a client in hiring a new employee. We take the time to make sure that we have found the "right match" so that each candidate we place is well positioned for success. Since excellence always endures and remains long after cost is forgotten, our team is squarely focused on delivering quality solutions the first time. Because our Firm is built upon a foundation of strong values, I know that taking the "high road" and "doing the right thing" consistently are the cornerstones to lasting business relationships.
I grew up in Griswold, Iowa, and graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. During my undergraduate studies I was a member of the football team and Students In Free Enterprise. I later completed the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I am an active supporter of Financial Executives International (FEI) and I am a proud member of The Association for Corporate Growth of Nebraska (ACG Nebraska). I am a Charter Member of the Nebraska Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), where I served several years on their Board of Directors. As a Director of the American Association of Finance and Accounting (AAFA), the oldest and largest alliance of executive search firms specializing in the recruitment and staffing of Finance and Accounting professionals, I gain exposure to national issues and trends. I have served as a member of the Alumni Board of Buena Vista University where I am committed to giving back to the students and leadership team of Buena Vista University. I am also an active member of Westside Church in Omaha.
My wife Susie and I have four children, Cameron, Austin, Miles and Carmel.
Jeff Kovar - Director and Associate Partner
Jeff has more than 10 years of experience within accounting and financial recruiting. A key factor in Jeff's success is his passion to build long-standing relationships while focused on an in-depth understanding of the strengths, interests, and career goals of each individual he works with. Jeff takes pride in his role, and knows that helping an individual step up to a position where they are focused on their strengths, while having the opportunity to grow professionally, are key factors in identifying the "right match." "It is incredibly rewarding to know that we have helped make a real difference in the life of an individual when we place them into a company where they are well positioned for success, happiness, and career growth."
Jeff understands that the biggest factor contributing to the success of a leader is their ability to identify, hire, develop, and retain high quality employees. Jeff is tenacious in his recruitment and careful while selecting individuals who will be successful and happy in their new position long-term. It is all about the "right match" so, Jeff pushes himself to make sure that the companies and the individuals we assist have found the right solution!
Jeff graduated from Millard South High School where he played basketball and was active in student council. Jeff had fun while investing six years coaching youth basketball in the Omaha Parochial Athletic League and the Millard Junior High feeder league. Jeff studied Pre-Law at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and then transferred to Creighton where he switched his major to Organizational Communication. Prior to joining Hemphill Search Group, Jeff worked in corporate foreign currency exchange, with Travelex and Custom House, who are both now owned by Western Union Business Solutions.
Jeff and his wife Jenny grew up in Omaha and met while in High School. They are very active and enjoy playing golf, traveling, and cheering the Cornhusker Football and Basketball teams, and they are also enthusiastic Creighton Basketball fans. Jeff and Jenny have a young and growing family, with son Connor, and daughters Kate and Grace.
Chad Anderson - Recruiting Manager
Chad has more than 10 years of diverse experience in accounting, financial analysis, forecasting, pricing, logistics, contract negotiations, and marketing. While focused on selection and match analysis, Chad relies upon his diverse industry experience in public accounting and private industry. Chad started his career in banking then gained valuable experience in public accounting. After graduate school, Chad joined Union Pacific Railroad where he progressed into a management position. Chad earned several awards including the Representative of the Quarter Award for his work negotiating contracts, improving yield through efficiencies, reducing cost, taking ownership for improved customer outcomes, process improvement, and overall profit improvement. While working across industries, Chad believes, “The common factor is simple; the most successful companies are made up of talented individuals well positioned for success, working together as a cohesive team while focused on leading the company to its full potential.”
“I enjoy helping leaders identify, select, and hire individuals who step in and thrive in their new position while having fun and moving toward their career goals. Finding the “right match” creates a true win - win which feels great.” Chad takes the time to really get to know the individuals he assists through career growth. “It is important to gain a clear understanding of a person’s experience, skills, and the type of work they are great at and love doing. True career satisfaction and identifying the “right match” is tied to an individual doing the work they are great at, and love doing while making sure their personality is well matched with the position, department, and the company’s overall culture.” Chad is diligent while making sure he has identified the “right match” before making a recommendation.
Chad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. While pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Chad was a member of the University of Nebraska Rodeo Team where he was a bull rider and the team’s Public Relations Officer (yes . . . you read that correctly, Chad rode 2,000 lb. bulls). Chad grew up in Omaha and graduated from Millard South High School where he played lacrosse and basketball and he was active in DECA and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chad and his wife Tricia have two engaging and loving daughters, Taelyn and Hadlee, and two Texas Heelers, Ace and Aaley. When he is not working or enjoying time with his family, dogs, running marathons, competing in triathlons, golfing, or cheering on the Huskers he is providing support and encouragement as a TeamMates Mentor!
Anna Bleyhl - Director of First Impressions
Anna is in charge of “first impressions”, and she takes ownership for administrative support at Hemphill. In this role, Anna works closely with our associates to ensure each individual has an excellent experience and all guests know that we genuinely care and are eager to help. She really loves building relationships with clients, candidates, and our associates working at client locations. Anna manages a wide variety of administrative responsibilities and assists with research, analysis, database integrity, event planning, and marketing initiatives.
Anna coordinates our skill and personality assessment process that ensures each individual we place is well-matched for success and happiness. Anna is an outgoing individual who enjoys helping others, so her days are filled with opportunities to make a positive impact for our clients, candidates and associates working at client locations.
Prior to joining Hemphill, Anna was the Administrative Assistant to the Department Chair & Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She grew up in Omaha and graduated from Skutt Catholic High School. Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She really enjoyed her experience and learned a lot while participating in the Study Abroad Program at Franciscan University in Gaming, Austria. Anna enjoys helping others while working with One Heart One Fire Ministries. When Anna is not in the office, you may find her traveling (she especially likes international locations), attending concerts, swing and line dancing, and cheering on the Husker Football and Volleyball teams!